Basic guide for buying water heaters and their repair solutions

Basic guide for buying water heaters and their repair solutions

Basic guide for buying water heaters and their repair solutions 2
Basic guide for buying water heaters and their repair solutions 2

 

 Here is a primer to help you in making the ideal choice Water heaters are a basic requirement to help in extreme weather conditions.  They’re the most sought after residence gear for any household.  While traditional water heaters are enormous in size and have high energy, there modern counterparts are energy efficient in character and create hot water according to need.

 

Tank water heater

Tank water
Tank water

 

They are in 2 variations, electric or gas.  The tank is insulated to help keep the inner water hot, along with a thermostat to control the general temperature of the water.

 

Tankless water heater

Tankless water heater
Tankless water heater

 

Tankless Water Heaters are all comfortable, energy efficient and convenient.  They can offer endless supply of warm water according to one’s need.  However, the question remains which you can choose, tank water heater or tankless water heater?  Here’s a primer to help you in making the ideal choice.

 

Power efficacy

Power efficacy
Power efficacy

 

The modern tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient than the standard ones. A tankless water heater heats water just at the time it is being used.  As a result, the energy is absorbed only at the time once the heater is on.  On the flip side, in the standard water heater setup, water is kept in a huge tank.  When the water from the tank cools off, the gas kicks in and heats up it again.   Before buying a water heater, look for one with a higher energy element.  The cost of tankless water heaters are small greater than their non-energy efficient counterparts but also the energy and the savings later on could make up for the very first higher cost.  Updating to a tankless water heating system is a good choice considering the long-term ecological benefits of these water heaters supply.

 

Space matters

Space matters
Space matters

 

A conventional water heater is bulky in size that takes up a good amount of distance of your house.  The device needs a moderately large space for installation.  On the other hand, tankless water heater contributes towards space saving.  It is compact in size and takes up less space than a conventional tank.

 

Longevity

Longevity
Longevity

 

Tankless water heater longevity is more than hot water tank heaters because the latter one is subject to decay. Tankless water heaters also have easily replaceable components that extend their lifetime.

 

Storage capacity

Storage capacity
Storage capacity

 

 

 

In regards to water storage, then a traditional tank-type heater wins hands down.  A big tank water heater can stores around 150 gallons of hot water and it can fulfill all of your kitchen, bathroom, laundry related demands.  On the flip side, a tankless water heater is able to supply a few gallons of hot water at a time.

 

 

 

Worth your penny? 

Worth your penny
Worth your penny

 

 

 

If we consider the money variable, tankless water heaters cost more than the normal storage tanks.  Tankless models need electrical outlets for their fan and electronics, upgraded gas pipes, and a new ventilation system.  So it’s pretty apparent that there’s a difference in price .  A tankless water heater does save cash as a tankless unit triggers just as needed and also this way you use less electricity but shelling out money up front is also not a very good idea .  Before making a decision, do consider your particular home’s needs and your lifestyle.

Making the final buy do consider the above mentioned points.  Go for one which suits your specific needs, maintain peak efficiency for a longer period of time and provide value for the money.

 

 Basic Repair guide to water heaters

Basic Repair guide to water heaters
Basic Repair guide to water heaters

 

 Electric water heaters look similar to their gas-fueled cousin.  They both utilize an insulated storage tank jacket made of steel insulation between the storage tank and the tank jacket to decrease heat loss of the heated water.

Heated with an upper and lower heating element as opposed to a gas burner used with a gas water heater.  Think of it this way, a gas water heater employs a heating system like a gas furnace and also the electrical water heater uses a heating element such as an electric oven.

Gas or electric water heaters are one of the most dependable appliances, in our homes and the electric version of the water heater is tops in reliability.  There are no moving parts to speak of and repairs, when needed, are simple to make.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through some of the most common Electric water heater problems you may experience and how to fix and fix them.

Let’s Look at

These issues and what possible causes and fixes you can try:

 

  • No hot water
  • Water temperature is very hot
  • Rusty colored water
  • Very bad odor
  • Popping noise
  • Water leakage
  • Leaked pipe connection

 

Note: before you start make sure you have prepared yourself very well to avoid any serious mishaps, power off the water heater properly and make sure there is no more electric supply to your water heater.

 

Problem

 

No Hot water

No Hot water
No Hot water

 

Possible Causes:

 

  • Lack of electricity to heating elements (triggered circuit breaker or blown fuse handling water heater circuit).
  • Faulty electric thermostat
  • Faulty upper electric heating element

 

Possible Repairs:

 

  • Reset tripped circuit breaker or replace blown fuse.
  • Confirm power is being supplied to the electric water heating element thermostat.
  • Evaluation upper heating element and replace if needed.
  • If power has been supplied to electric heating element thermostat, replace heating or boiler element.

 

Problem

 

Insufficient hot water

Insufficient hot water
Insufficient hot water

 

Possible Causes:

 

  • Water Heater may be undersized for water heating demands

 

  • Crossed Cold and hot water connections from faulty plumbing setup

 

  • Faulty Electrical lower or upper heating element or low heating element thermostat. (A constant supply of warm water in a shower is indicative of a faulty upper heating element.  Short term hot water supply in a shower is indicative of a defective lower heating element).

 

Possible Repairs:

 

  • Make sure Hot water demand does not exceed the capacity of the water heater. To ascertain required power, learn how to calculate fixture flow prices.

 

  • Check for Open a hot water faucet. If there is water flow, then there’s a crossed connection someplace.

 

  • Check for Electrical and power continuity at the upper and lower heating elements. Replace water heating element if necessary.

 

  • If thermostat is OK assess the lower thermostat. Replace if necessary.

 

Problem

 

Water Temperature Too Hot

Water Too Hot
Water Too Hot

 

Possible causes:

 

  • Heating unit thermostat setting is too high

Possible repairs:

  • Check upper and lower heating element thermostat settings and reduce if set too high. Normal setting is between 110 degrees F and 140 degrees F.

 

Problem

Water leaks

Water leaks
Water leaks

Possible causes:

  • Faulty T&P (temperature and pressure) valve
  • T&P valve escape due to excess pressure, overheating or has been stuck
  • Leak from overhead or neighboring pipes connection
  • Leak from loose heating element bolt(s) or poor gasket
  • Leaking water tank (rust probably)

Possible Repairs:

  • Put a bucket under the overflow pipe. Open and flush the T&P valve free from debris. If a flow remains from the valve, replace the T&P valve.
  • Reduce thermostat setting to stop tank overheating and launching T&P relief valve.
  • If the leak is coming from a pipe connection like water inlet or outlet or T&P valve threaded connection, tighten the connection having an adjustable wrench to just create the connection cozy. Do not over-tighten!
  • When the leak is in the heating element, with the power and water to the water heater turned off, attempt to twist the heating element mounting bolts. Be sure that they are snug and again, do not over-tighten.
  • If heating component leak persists after snugging bolts, then remove the heating element and replace the gasket.
  • If the leak is coming out of an corroded water heater tank then the water heater has to be replaced.

Problem

Rusty colored water

Rusty-colored-water
Rusty-colored-water

Possible reasons:

  • Corrosion occurring interior glass lined tank
  • The sacrificial anode rod is failing (anode rods dissolve slowly to prevent overheating from the tank).

Possible Repairs:

  • Replace sacrificial anode rod with magnesium anode rod. Anode rods are offered from a plumbing supply house.

Problem

Rotten egg odor

Rotten egg odor
Rotten egg odor

Possible reasons:

  • Bacteria from the tank sediment fed by hydrogen gas created from the corrosion of sacrificial anode.

Possible repairs

  • Flush water heater
  • Employing a hydrogen peroxide solution of 2 pints 3\% peroxide to 40 gallons of water, treat tank and run a number of this solution into water lines.
  • Let peroxide solution set in pipes and tank for 2 hours. The remedy is not toxic and needs no rinsing.
  • If the issue persists, replace anode using a zinc-alloy anode.
  • When the problem still remains, replace water heater using a plastic lined tank type.

Problem

Popping noise

Popping noise
Popping noise

Possible reasons:

  • Noise heard is that the sound of boiling water. Excessive buildup of sediment at the bottom of the tank is causing overheating of tank bottom and boiling water to happen.

Possible repairs:

  • Eliminate sediment by flushing the water heater.